THE ADACHI CONTEMPORARY UKIYOE AWARD 2023

The Adachi Foundation for the Preservation of Woodcut Printing is calling for applications for The Adachi Contemporary Ukiyo-e Award 2023.

For the Adachi Contemporary Ukiyo-e Award 2023, we are looking for 21st century ukiyo-e artists that depict “ukiyo” or “the current times.” Ukiyo-e prints, which are loved around the world as an iconic part of Japan, are produced through the collaboration of an artist, a carver, and a printer. Hokusai and Hiroshige, among others, were ukiyo-e artists called “eshi,” who were specialists in creating sketches for ukiyo-e prints. The ukiyo-e they created were truly mirrors of the times, reflecting social conditions and historical backgrounds. Since 2009, the Adachi Contemporary Ukiyo-e Award has produced woodcut prints based on the works that the winners created. This is an opportunity to become an ukiyo-e artist like Hokusai and create works in collaboration with modern-day carvers and printers.

1. What you file:

1) A portfolio of your past works

 Format: a book with 2 – 10 pages of A4 or letter size paper

2) Application form Part1 and Part2

 2. How to Apply:

<Digitally>
Please apply through the form on our website. A portfolio needs to be uploaded digitally as PDF files.

*Application form

<By mail>
Please send us a portfolio and application forms by mail.
Shipping costs should be owed by the applicant.

3. Application period: 7/22, 2023 – 12/25, 2023
4. Qualification: No restrictions of your career, age, and nationality
5. Application Fee: Free
6. Prize:

1st Prize
300,000 yen + your picture will be made as a woodcut print by contemporary artisans and a complete print will be given to you

2nd Prize
150,000 yen + your picture will be made as a woodcut print by contemporary artisans and a complete print will be given to you

3rd Prize
50,000 yen

 7. Result: Around January, 2024

For this Award, The Adachi Foundation is calling for 21st century ukiyo-e artists that depict “ukiyo” or “the current times”.

For further details, please visit the official website: THE ADACHI CONTEMPORARY UKIYOE AWARD 2023 | The Adachi Foundation For the Preservation of Woodcut Printing (adachi-hanga.com)

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